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1 NO riches from his scanty store
2 My lover could impart;
3 He gave a boon I valued more
4 He gave me all his heart!
5 His soul sincere, his gen'rous worth,
6 Might well this bosom move;
7 And when I ask'd for bliss on earth,
8 I only meant his love.
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9 But now for me, in search of gain,
10 From shore to shore he flies;
11 Why wander riches to obtain,
12 When love is all I prize?
13 The frugal meal, the lowly cot,
14 When blest, my love, with thee,
15 That simple fare, that humble lot,
16 Were more than wealth to me.
17 While he the dang'rous Ocean braves,
18 My tears but vainly flow;
19 Is pity in the faithless waves,
20 To which I pour my woe?
21 The night is dark, the waters deep,
22 Yet soft the billows roll;
23 Alas! at every breeze I weep
24 The storm is in my soul.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG.
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Williams, Helen Maria, 1759-1827. Poems on various subjects: with introductory remarks on the present state of science and literature in France. London: G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823, pp. [162]-163.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [8º W 229 BS].)

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